`Media created hype over Pranab`s statement`
Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid said the joint statement read out by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee became necessary as the media had created hype over the issue.
New Delhi: Maintaining that there was "no
crisis" in the government in the wake of the controversial 2G
note, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday said the joint
statement read out by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee became
necessary as the media had created hype over the issue.
"I had been maintaining that there is no crisis. But you
(media) claimed there was one. They (Mukherjee and Home
Minister P Chidambaram) told you there was none. I was right
and you were wrong...there was no tiff so there is no question
of it being resolved," Khurshid told reporters here.
Scoffing at suggestions that Mukherjee was not willing to
make a statement, he said that actually there was no need for
"There was no need for a joint statement. But since you
people had hyped the issue, therefore it became necessary.
They both came and made a short statement and that was the end
of the matter," Khurshid said.
To a question on `existence` of the 2G note, he said the
letter existed and "nobody is denying it. I just said read the
letter in the commonsense way and you will understand it".
He also denied suggestions that the March 25 note had
"implicated" Chidambaram who was then Finance Minister.
"No finger has been raised but it is only that a point
has been made that had this been done, that would not have
happened...," he said.
"The point is, what is the decision of the government. It
is before the people which are very clear. First come, first
serve. A standard arrangement, understanding based on a long
range of issues that we need penetration, we want
Revenue was not a priority, expansion, availability and
affordability was the priority. Based on that priority
decisions were made," Khurshid said.
He admitted that following that decision, some steps were
taken on which courts have raised "question marks".
"It is before the courts and let them decide," he added.
To a question on laws to check corruption, he said the
issue was not about laws but their implementation.
"The reason (for lack of implementation) is that it takes
a lot of time in courts," he said.